Story by Charles Hutchinson in The Press.
Purpleman, the York charity fundraiser and street performance artist, will set off on his second Syria Toy Mission on Thursday.
Tomorrow, he will bid farewell to York for his Christmas journey by launching Pyramid Gallery’s exhibition of postcard prints of pictures drawn and painted by Syrian children, who now live near the border on the Turkish side in camps and villages.
“While preparing the online fundraising campaign for Purpleman’s next toy mission to the ‘Syrian area’, war children and orphans sent me amazing paintings and drawings,” he said. “There are more than 70 moving, uplifting and disturbing reflections of their hearts and minds. Amazing stuff.”
Purpleman, who cycled off into the sunset after his last ever stand amid the Christmas shopping multitude in Stonegate last Saturday, assembled the exhibition by liaising with his Syrian contact, Aladdin. “I asked if he could send pictures by the children of what they were thinking about; what their hopes for the future were; the difference between their life before and their life now,” he said.
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